Livii, Titi; (Livy, Titus); Gronovious, Jac. (Ed), Historiarum Quod Extant, Danielem Elsevirium (Elsevir), Amstelodami (Amsterdam), 1679, Reprint, Good. Full Calf, 8vo. Three volumes in six – Volume One – , 518pp; Volume Two – 519-922pp, ; Volume Three – 502pp; Volume Four – 503-973pp, ; Volume Five – 634pp and Volume Six – 635-1080, .
Later (late-eighteenth century) full-calf, raised bands, spines in six panels, contrasting title / volume labels to second and third panels, volute corner pieces and central lozenge shaped tool to remaining panels, gilt flower head frame to covers, all edges marbled with blue paste endpapers.
Chipped to head of spines, volume labels of volumes one, two, five and six chipped with some loss, rubbed to extremities. Internally some ink spotting to Hh8 and Ii1 in volume one, previous owner’s name to first page of text in each volume, otherwise fairly bright and clean.
In volumes two, four and six there is the ownership inscription (to the rear) of Gilbert Walmesley, ‘Bibliotheca Gilberti Walmesley’, who was an early friend of Samuel Johnson, and a frequent visitor to Johnson’s fathers bookshop.
Willems 1568, Brunet III:1107, bonne edition”. Dibdin notes that “these are the excellent editions of Gronovious of which the first is a very neat and valuable one, but the last is generally esteemed the edit. opt. … [this 1679 edition] which is correctly and beautifully printed (and of which the second and third volumes are dated 1678) copies are now become scarce and sell high” (Dibdin II:167).
An attractive, well produced Variorum edition with good provenance.